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'Safe' levels of environmental pollution may have long-term health consequences

August 29, 2013 1:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

If you're eating better and exercising regularly, but still aren't seeing improvements in your health, there might be a reason: pollution. According to a new research report published in the September issue of The FASEB Journal, what you are eating and doing may not be the problem, but what's in what you are eating could be the culprit.

The science of collaboration

August 28, 2013 3:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

It's a long, expensive, risky road to turn a scientific breakthrough into a treatment that can help patients. Fewer organizations are trying to tackle the challenges alone, says a new paper from MIT researchers published August 28 in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Researchers aim to use light -- not electric jolts -- to restore healthy heartbeats

August 28, 2013 3:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When a beating heart slips into an irregular, life-threatening rhythm, the treatment is well known: deliver a burst of electric current from a pacemaker or defibrillator. But because the electricity itself can cause pain, tissue damage and other serious side-effects, a Johns Hopkins-led research team wants to replace these jolts with a kinder, gentler remedy: light.


Digital pressure sensors with CANopen provide consistent performance in harsh environments

August 28, 2013 11:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell Sensing and Control’s new Digital Pressure Sensors with CANopen, Model DPS, are rugged, all-welded, provide consistent performance in harsh environments, and can be used in a wide range of demanding applications like transportation, process control, factory automation, medical equipment systems, and aerospace test and research.

Scripps Research Institute scientists report breakthrough in DNA editing technology

August 27, 2013 1:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found a way to apply a powerful new DNA-editing technology more broadly than ever before. "This is one of the hottest tools in biology, and we've now found a way to target it to any DNA sequence," said Carlos F. Barbas III....

RNA double helix structure identified using synchrotron light

August 27, 2013 12:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When Francis Crick and James Watson discovered the double helical structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in 1953, it began a genetic revolution to map, study, and sequence the building blocks of living organisms. DNA encodes the genetic material passed on from generation to generation.

Sensor-enabled RFID tags extend wireless data-logging beyond identification

August 27, 2013 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

ams AG announced next-generation sensor-enabled RFID tags offering breakthroughs for medical, automotive safety and other applications where temperature, physiological or environmental data is required. The new devices, the SL13A and SL900A enable a simple, low-cost implementation of a new class of wireless data-logging applications.

Dispensing valve improves productivity and reduces cost

August 26, 2013 9:54 am | Nordson Efd Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Nordson EFD introduces the PICO xMOD Valve, a new and exciting fully exchangeable and modular concept in non-contact and contact needle dispensing of assembly fluids. Nordson EFD's PICO xMOD valve system technology uses high-tech, robust, durable piezoelectric actuation technology for continuous operation at speeds of up to 500 cycles/second.


UH, Methodist Hospital Research Institute receive $695K to further robotics research

August 23, 2013 2:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Cullen Foundation and The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) have awarded grants to a robotics research project by the University of Houston (UH) and The Methodist Hospital Research Institute (TMHRI). The Cullen Foundation has directed $495,000 in philanthropic support to the research project....

Silicon Valley keenly awaits latest Lego robot kit

August 23, 2013 2:19 pm | by 
MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Few are more excited about Lego's new Mindstorms sets rolling out next month than Silicon Valley engineers. Many of them were drawn to the tech sector by the flagship kits, introducing computerized movement to the traditional snap-together toy blocks.

Army completes migration to DOD Enterprise Email

August 23, 2013 8:00 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

The Army successfully completed the bulk of its migration to one of the Army's highest priority IT initiatives, DOD Enterprise Email, at the end of July. Army users can now access their email securely from anywhere in the world at any time.

AC-DC power supplies designed for medical, healthcare applications

August 22, 2013 10:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Murata announced today the introduction of its MVAD040 and MVAD065 open frame, convection cooled AC-DC power supplies. Packaged in the industry standard 2 x 4 inch format with a low profile, 1U compatible 1.3 inch height (50.8 x 101.6 x 33.02 mm), the low power MVAD series is suitable for use in a wide range of high volume applications including medical and healthcare appliances, data storage and networking, and industrial factory automation systems.

Transformer series ideal for high-voltage medical applications

August 21, 2013 9:17 am | Datatronics | Product Releases | Comments

Offering primary-to-secondary isolation of up to 7 KVdc, the Datatronics 4283-1200 Flyback Transformer Series is ideal for high voltage medical applications. It and other magnetic components from Datatronics are suitable for applications that include portable defibrillators, implantable pacemakers, diagnostic imaging equipment, brain therapy devices, dental hygiene and more.


Mechanical-mount rotary position sensor includes integral PCB

August 20, 2013 3:02 pm | Piher North America | Product Releases | Comments

Piher Sensors & Controls has introduced the MTS-360 Mechanical Mount Rotary Position Sensor with integral PCB for fast and easy mounting. Designed with the sensor directly mounted onto a PCB, the sensor/PCB combo package allows engineers to easily install a fully featured rotary sensor....

New findings on how the ear hears could lead to better hearing aids

August 20, 2013 12:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A healthy ear is much better at detecting and transmitting sound than even the most advanced hearing aid. But now researchers reporting in the August 20 issue of the Biophysical Journal, a Cell Press publication, have uncovered new insights into how the ear -- in particular, the cochlea -- processes and amplifies sound.

Helium supply critical to Army research

August 20, 2013 10:00 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Army senior research scientist Henry Everitt doesn't take helium lightly, because the second lightest element in the universe is in high demand by research laboratories such as his at the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center....

Device gets Soldiers back to work on their feet, preventing amputations

August 20, 2013 8:30 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

"Over the last two years, this limb-salvage device has saved me from doing at least 100 amputations," said an orthopedic surgeon who has amputated hundreds of Soldiers' limbs since 9/11. At last count, some 460 service members are using it....

From hospital to home: a critical transition

August 19, 2013 4:01 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Two new studies from Yale School of Medicine reveal the myriad ways in which communication between doctors and patients fails when patients are released from the hospital, potentially contributing to serious setbacks or rehospitalization. The studies are published in the August 5 issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, and the August 19 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine....

Consumers in Singapore have mixed feelings about the local economy in the next 12 months

August 19, 2013 10:12 am | by GFK | News | Comments

In a relatively safe and stable country such as Singapore, many locals are largely more concerned about issues directly related to the economy and finances over others such as crime and lawlessness as well as drug abuse, concerns which rank relatively high in some other countries around the region. 

Silicon Valley keenly awaits latest Lego robot kit

August 19, 2013 9:44 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Few are more excited about Lego's new Mindstorms sets rolling out next month than Silicon Valley engineers. Many of them were drawn to the tech sector by the flagship kits that came on the market in 1998, introducing computerized movement to the traditional snap-together toy blocks and allowing the young innovators to build their first robots.

Nanosensors could aid drug manufacturing

August 19, 2013 9:19 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

CAMBRIDGE, MA - MIT chemical engineers have discovered that arrays of billions of nanoscale sensors have unique properties that could help pharmaceutical companies produce drugs — especially those based on antibodies — more safely and efficiently.

How DNA repair helps prevent cancer

August 19, 2013 9:17 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The biological information that makes us unique is encoded in our DNA. DNA damage is a natural biological occurrence that happens every time cells divide and multiply. External factors such as overexposure to sunlight can also damage DNA. Understanding how the human body recognizes damaged DNA and initiates repair fascinates Michael Feig, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Michigan State University.

Equipping a construction helmet with a sensor can detect the onset of carbon monoxide poisoning

August 19, 2013 9:15 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Research calling for the use of a wearable computing system installed in a helmet to protect construction workers from carbon monoxide poisoning, a serious lethal threat in this industry, has garnered the Virginia Tech investigators a Best Paper Award from a prestigious scientific and engineering community.

Irrelevant information in medical testimonials may lead to poor consumer choices

August 14, 2013 3:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Medical testimonials on the Internet and elsewhere present powerful personal stories and useful information, but they can also be dangerous to your health if distracting, irrelevant information leads to inappropriate treatment decisions, say researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

E-Health services ill-prepared for epidemics

August 14, 2013 12:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

National and international organizations are ill-prepared to exploit e-health systems in the event of the emergence of a major pandemic disease, according to a research paper to be published in the International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology.

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